In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, fire fighters were called to Big Jake’s restaurant in Van Buren. The restaurant was fully engulfed in flames, and the loss is considered total to the building and all the wonderful western memorabilia and decor. The fire is a sad event for the community of Van Buren, as well as Westark Chess Club who enjoyed holding two recent tournaments there. Big Jake’s served as site to the OK/AR Friendly Feud in October and again for the recent Christmas Quads tournament earlier this month. The atmosphere each time added to the festiveness of the two tournaments.
Westark CC wishes the family best wishes as they have to deal with this loss. Those interested in additional details and photos can read the Press Argus article here.